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Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright ‘sell their five-bedroom luxury Essex mansion’

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Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan have reportedly sold their luxury five-bedroom Essex mansion. 

The actress, 33, and presenter, 34, are now renovating their new £1.3million dream house and posted clips of the building work to their new home Instagram account on Wednesday after their old property was snapped up. 

Sources close to the couple told The Sun that they exchanged contracts on Tuesday and that they are ‘thrilled’ to now be able to get on with finishing their new property, which they bought in October 2019.

Deal: Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan have reportedly sold their luxury five-bedroom Essex mansion after sharing clips of renovations on their new £1.3m dream house to their new home account

Deal: Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan have reportedly sold their luxury five-bedroom Essex mansion after sharing clips of renovations on their new £1.3m dream house to their new home account 

The source said: ‘It was their first home together and it holds so many happy memories but they’re excited about the future and building their dream home.

‘They wanted to share that with their fans so started an Instagram and are overwhelmed how many people want to follow their journey.’

Mark was photographed on Wednesday leaving Madison Fox, Chigwell who specialise in the sales of prestigious properties and were responsible for selling the couple’s home. 

Their old home – bought in 2013 – which has reportedly been sold, was on the market for £1.78 million last October. 

Wow: Images show inside the glamorous home, which they purchased in 2013 and lived in during lockdown while their new property undergoes extensive renovations

Wow: Images show inside the glamorous home, which they purchased in 2013 and lived in during lockdown while their new property undergoes extensive renovations

Glam: Their current house certainly caters for a luxury lifestyle with huge rooms and a sprawling garden, as well as an annex which currently houses their home gym

Glam: Their current house certainly caters for a luxury lifestyle with huge rooms and a sprawling garden, as well as an annex which currently houses their home gym

The stunning property boasts a home gym, crushed-velvet interiors and a manicured garden as well as huge chandeliers and a cinema room.  

The house boasts a spacious drive way with plenty of curb appeal and had lots of room for the couple’s lavish cars, which have previously included a Mercedes GTS, a Range Rover and BMW X6.  

Once inside the rural abode, there is an abundance of space to unwind in the all-grey living room.

In the centre of the lounge is a pale crushed velvet L-shaped sofa and a mirrored coffee table, which matches the other furniture in the room including a console table. 

Happy: Mark was all smiles as he left Madison Fox estate agents in Chigwell who specialise in the sales of prestigious properties and were responsible for selling the couple’s home

Happy: Mark was all smiles as he left Madison Fox estate agents in Chigwell who specialise in the sales of prestigious properties and were responsible for selling the couple’s home

Unique: The focal point of the kitchen is a striking velvet padded booth and table, which is situated in the island along with a hob, while the rest of the room features oak and white cabinets and tiled flooring

Unique: The focal point of the kitchen is a striking velvet padded booth and table, which is situated in the island along with a hob, while the rest of the room features oak and white cabinets and tiled flooring

Cooking up a storm! Around the island is a selection of bar stools which the couple can sit at to catch up on some TV, which is mounted to the wall above a row of kitchen cabinets

Cooking up a storm! Around the island is a selection of bar stools which the couple can sit at to catch up on some TV, which is mounted to the wall above a row of kitchen cabinets

Grand garden: The garden is as perfectly presented as the interior of the home, as luxury sunbeds sit atop of the landscaped lawn and a selection of expensive-looking garden furniture decorates the patio

Grand garden: The garden is as perfectly presented as the interior of the home, as luxury sunbeds sit atop of the landscaped lawn and a selection of expensive-looking garden furniture decorates the patio

Moving forward: The Essex presenter was dressed in a grey jacket, black skinny jeans and a cap after finalising the deal at Madison Fox – removing his protective mask after walking out of the offices

Moving forward: The Essex presenter was dressed in a grey jacket, black skinny jeans and a cap after finalising the deal at Madison Fox – removing his protective mask after walking out of the offices 

The cinema room furniture is a selection of darker grey sofas, while a huge projector screen has been mounted to the wall, which has been painted a charcoal colour for added ambience.

The focal point of the kitchen is a striking velvet padded booth and table, which is situated in the island along with a hob, while the rest of the room features oak and white cabinets and tiled flooring.

Around the island is a selection of bar stools which the couple can sit at to catch up on some TV, which is mounted to the wall above a row of kitchen cabinets. 

Glitz: Other images of the house show two neutrally decorated guest rooms for the families to come and stay

Glitz: Other images of the house show two neutrally decorated guest rooms for the families to come and stay

Lovely: Upstairs there are five bedrooms including the master suit, which boasts a king size bed with showstopping velvet headboard with matching curtains and bedding

Lovely: Upstairs there are five bedrooms including the master suit, which boasts a king size bed with showstopping velvet headboard with matching curtains and bedding

Decadent: A stunning chandelier was situated in the middle of the grand hallway

Decadent: A stunning chandelier was situated in the middle of the grand hallway

Luxury: There is an impressive roll top bath in the neutrally-toned bathroom

Luxury: There is an impressive roll top bath in the neutrally-toned bathroom

Mirror, mirror! In a theme which is seen throughout the house the room also features selection of mirrored furniture including bedside tables and a chest of drawers

Mirror, mirror! In a theme which is seen throughout the house the room also features selection of mirrored furniture including bedside tables and a chest of drawers

Nice: Other images of the house show two neutrally decorated guest rooms perfect for when visitors come and stay over

Nice: Other images of the house show two neutrally decorated guest rooms perfect for when visitors come and stay over

The garden is as perfectly presented as the interior of the home, as luxury sun beds sit atop of the landscaped lawn and a selection of expensive-looking garden furniture decorates the patio.

The hallway is the perfect entrance to the home, as a carpeted stairway is visible in a tastefully decorated entrance leading off in several directions to the other areas of the property.

Upstairs there are five bedrooms including the master suit, which boasts a king size bed with show stopping velvet headboard with matching curtains and bedding.  

Fitness fans! There is also a spacious gym at the property perfect for home workouts during lockdown

Fitness fans! There is also a spacious gym at the property perfect for home workouts during lockdown

Welcome: The hallway is the perfect entrance to the home, as a carpeted stairway is visible in a tastefully decorated entrance leading off in several directions to the other areas of the property

Welcome: The hallway is the perfect entrance to the home, as a carpeted stairway is visible in a tastefully decorated entrance leading off in several directions to the other areas of the property

Well presented:  The oak front door features glass panelling either side and is flanked by two huge lanterns

Well presented:  The oak front door features glass panelling either side and is flanked by two huge lanterns

Lavish: Once inside the rural abode, there is an abundance of space to unwind in their all grey living room and separate cinema room for cosying up to watch their favourite films

Lavish: Once inside the rural abode, there is an abundance of space to unwind in their all grey living room and separate cinema room for cosying up to watch their favourite films

In a theme which is seen throughout the house, the bedroom also features a selection of mirrored furniture including bedside tables and a chest of drawers.

Other images of the house show two neutrally decorated guest rooms for families to come and stay in. 

Mark and Michelle bought their new home for £1.3m in October last year and it was revealed in January that they would demolish the four bedroom farmhouse to create the sensationally lavish new house with ‘classical design’. 

The sprawling new home will feature a huge swimming pool, bar and make-up room, floor plans have revealed.

Stylish: The cinema room furniture is a selection of darker grey sofas, while a huge projector screen has been mounted to the wall which has been painted a charcoal colour for added ambience

Stylish: The cinema room furniture is a selection of darker grey sofas, while a huge projector screen has been mounted to the wall which has been painted a charcoal colour for added ambience

Posted on Epping Council website and being designed by Essex-based company MP Architects, the stunning plans show the couple’s incredible vision, which also features a playroom for any future kids.

On Tuesday evening the couple revealed they have created a home account on Instagram to share progress of the renovations taking place. 

They opened their new page and revealed their intentions to give their fans some insight into their ‘journey’.

In one snap, former Corrie star Michelle appeared in great spirits as she climbed a ladder, while her shirtless husband worked up a sweat as he removed a roof with fellow builders in another image. 

Come join us! On Tuesday evening the couple revealed they have created a home account on Instagram to share progress of the renovations taking place and posted a video showing Michelle on the building site

Come join us! On Tuesday evening the couple revealed they have created a home account on Instagram to share progress of the renovations taking place and posted a video showing Michelle on the building site 

‘This was day 1, ripping the roof off of the garages’, ex-TOWIE personality Mark wrote as he confirmed they started work on their abode in July 2020.

The pair, who have been married since 2015, also uploaded pictures of another home they’re taking inspiration from, which they captioned: ‘Stunning homes we are trying to base ours on. 

‘Love this white/Georgian style, we are thinking more of a modern twist though…. do you like?’

The TV stars explained why they’re providing their followers with glimpses of their personal lives as they said: ‘Part of my life I don’t always share is my property development.

'Day one': Presenter Mark, 34, went shirtless as he worked up a sweat to remove a roof with fellow builders in another image

‘Day one’: Presenter Mark, 34, went shirtless as he worked up a sweat to remove a roof with fellow builders in another image

‘A hobby and side hustle that I love but last July me and @michkeegan started building our dream home… we debated sharing our journey & after a lot of thought we decided we wanted to bring you along with us!’ (sic)  

All five bedroom feature an en-suite, while cupboards are littered through the floor and a vast drive will accommodate a plethora of cars. 

Their planning agent previously said: ‘This new house has been carefully designed so that it is similar in area and volume to what is currently on the site.

‘The new house will sit further back on the site and will create a much more functional family dwelling for our clients.

‘The existing house has been extended several times and is not functional, therefore a new house would be a better use of the site.’  

'It's a hobby and side hustle that we love': The actress, 33, and the former TOWIE star, 34, opened their new page on Tuesday evening after buying the property in October 2019

‘It’s a hobby and side hustle that we love’: The actress, 33, and the former TOWIE star, 34, opened their new page on Tuesday evening after buying the property in October 2019

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Social Democrats activists consider deferring request on leadership contest

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A group of Social Democrats activists who want to see a leadership election in the party is looking at deferring their request to consider such a contest until after a new general secretary is appointed to the party.

A draft letter to the party’s national executive, signed by two councillors and 14 others, seeking the leadership contest emerged on Friday evening.

The letter, which has not been sent to party authorities, requested the national executive meet to hold a vote to call a leadership election.

It pays tribute to the party’s current co-leaders Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall, who it states “have done exceptional work”, but adds that “it is now time to move to the next stage”.

The party released a statement later the same evening saying its TDs are “united behind co-leaders Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall”. This statement was shared on Twitter by all six of the party’s Dáil Deputies.

One of the councillors who signed the draft letter, Kildare representative Chris Pender, responded with his own social media post saying: “Anyone who’s read the letter will know it states we don’t have an issue with the leaders, but we believe in the democratic right to vote for that/those leaders.

“A leadership contest would give members the opportunity to show support for the current leaders, if that’s what they want.”

Cllr Cat O’Driscoll, who sits on Dublin City Council, was the other public representative who signed the draft letter.

Motivations

Sources insisted the motivations behind seeking a contest include giving the Social Democrats’ membership a say in who leads the party, as well as an issue of timing. They say with no general election expected imminently, it would give the next leader time to prepare.

It was also revealed on Friday that Brian Sheehan, a former director of the Yes Equality campaign, is to step down from his role as Social Democrats general secretary in early September. The decision is not connected with the call for a leadership election and those behind the draft letter were unaware of Mr Sheehan’s decision to leave the job.

However, it has prompted a rethink of the request for a leadership contest.

The Irish Times understands the activists are considering a new version of the letter that takes Mr Sheehan’s departure into account and would not seek a discussion about a leadership contest until after his successor is in place and has had some time in the job. A source suggested the approach with any new letter would be “a bit more cautious”.

On Monday, a party spokeswoman ruled out any contest for the leadership, either before or after the appointment of a new general secretary.

“The rules of the party state any leader must be a TD and all of our TDs are united in their support for the party leadership. The general secretary position is entirely unrelated to the party leadership,” she said.

Ms Murphy and Ms Shortall have jointly led the Social Democrats since its establishment in 2015.


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Instagrammer captures abandoned Welsh property in series of eerie photographs

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Who would live in a house like this? Instagrammer photographs abandoned Welsh property – complete with a bottle of Champagne for ‘Grandad’s’ 90th birthday, dishes still in the sink and a newspaper dating back to 1956

  • Photographs reveal the rooms have been untouched for decades and house opened bottle of Champagne  
  • Discovery was made by Instagrammer Kyle Urbex while exploring the countryside in Flintshire, North Wales 
  • Kyle said: ‘Overall the whole exploration just left me wondering the whole backstory’ 
  • ***Do YOU know who lived in the abandoned house? Contact izzy.nikolic@mailonline.co.uk*** 

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An abandoned Welsh house has been captured in a series of eerie photographs complete with a bottle of Champagne for ‘Grandad’s’ 90th birthday and dishes still in the sink.  

Photographs reveal rooms that have been untouched for decades and reveal a bottle of bubbly with a sticker which reads: ‘Happy 90th Birthday. Sorry I can’t be there to drink this with you! Lots of love James xxx.’  

The property has been dubbed ‘Granddad’s abandoned house’ after it was discovered tucked away in the woods. 

A piano can also be seen with sheet music still in place along with clothes hanging up and dishes still in the sink.

Photographs reveal rooms that have been untouched for decades and reveal a bottle of bubbly with a sticker which reads: 'Happy 90th Birthday. Sorry I can't be there to drink this with you! Lots of love James xxx'

Pictured: A piano can also be seen with sheet music still in place along with clothes hanging up

Photographs reveal rooms that have been untouched for decades and reveal a bottle of bubbly with a sticker which reads: ‘Happy 90th Birthday. Sorry I can’t be there to drink this with you! Lots of love James xxx’

The property has been dubbed 'Granddad's abandoned house' after it was discovered tucked away in the woods. Pictured: The exterior of the property

The property has been dubbed ‘Granddad’s abandoned house’ after it was discovered tucked away in the woods. Pictured: The exterior of the property 

Random debris including a broken bicycle, piping, empty tins and folding tables and chairs were left strewn throughout the house

The discovery was made by Instagrammer Kyle Urbex (pictured) while he was exploring the countryside in Flintshire, North Wales

Random debris including a broken bicycle, piping, empty tins and folding tables and chairs were left strewn throughout the house

Mr Urbex said: 'I visited the property just over four weeks ago and getting to the actual location wasn't too bad, just a walk up a small hill and the door was wide open'

Mr Urbex said: ‘I visited the property just over four weeks ago and getting to the actual location wasn’t too bad, just a walk up a small hill and the door was wide open’

The discovery was made by Instagrammer Kyle Urbex while he was exploring the countryside in Flintshire, North Wales.

Kyle also spotted a newspaper dating back to 1956 in what he believes was once someone’s ‘dream family home.’

He said: ‘I visited the property just over four weeks ago and getting to the actual location wasn’t too bad, just a walk up a small hill and the door was wide open.

‘Once inside I instantly saw the whole location was eerie because it was a house full to the brim of memories, ranging from clothes in the bedroom to old decaying pianos which once may have entertained many.

‘The porch area had been trashed, however the seating still remained intact and of course the champagne bottle for his 90th birthday still left on the fireplace.

He added: 'Once inside I instantly saw the whole location was eerie because it was a house full to the brim of memories, ranging from clothes in the bedroom to old decaying pianos which once may have entertained many'

Dishes are left undone in the sink in the kitchen

He added: ‘Once inside I instantly saw the whole location was eerie because it was a house full to the brim of memories, ranging from clothes in the bedroom to old decaying pianos which once may have entertained many’

Kyle says he has now been left wondering about the story behind the house. He added: ‘While the place appears to have been ransacked by vandals, clothes still hang in wardrobes; one of the few signs of the home it once was’

Kyle also spotted a newspaper dating back to 1956 in what he believes was once someone's 'dream family home'

Kyle also spotted a newspaper dating back to 1956 in what he believes was once someone’s ‘dream family home’

Mr Urbex added: 'Overall the whole exploration just left me wondering the whole backstory and how somebody could just leave so much memories and cherished possessions behind'

Mr Urbex added: ‘Overall the whole exploration just left me wondering the whole backstory and how somebody could just leave so much memories and cherished possessions behind’

‘I found it quite sad really given all the memories just left to be forgotten about. As well as the house there was a caravan hidden at the back in all the overgrowth which had more memories inside, old books and so on.

‘I managed to uncover an old bike in the shed which looked like it had been there quite a while.

‘Alongside all of these findings I came across a newspaper dated from November 3 1956.’

Kyle says he has now been left wondering about the story behind the house.

He added: ‘While the place appears to have been ransacked by vandals, clothes still hang in wardrobes; one of the few signs of the home it once was.

‘Overall the whole exploration just left me wondering the whole backstory and how somebody could just leave so much memories and cherished possessions behind.’

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Foley to bring school reopening plan to Cabinet on Tuesday

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Minister for Education Norma Foley says she has every confidence schools will reopen fully from late August and early September.

Ms Foley said there was ongoing engagement between her department and public health officials on the matter but all schools were set to reopen.

Strong mitigation measures would be in place in schools to ensure that they would continue to be controlled environments, she told RTÉ radio’s Today with Claire Byrne show on Monday.

Covid-19 infection rates among children were at their highest when children were not at school and public health experts had pointed out “on a consistent basis to schools being a very significantly controlled environment”.

The safe operation of the Leaving Certificate exams and enhanced summer camps indicated that the safe operation of education could be maintained, she said.

A plan would be put in place to allow schools to “draw down” CO2 monitors and the Minister said she was confident there would be enough monitors for all schools by the start of the new school year.

In relation to Covid-19 vaccines for children, Ms Foley said the “expertise” lay with the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) from which her department would take guidance.

“I have received confirmation that the 16 to 18-year-old cohort should be in a position for online registration in the coming days, and I have been advised that the 15-year-olds cohort are still being considered by NIAC and there has been no definitive timeline given,” she added.

Ms Foley will bring a plan to Cabinet on Tuesday outlining enhanced public information campaigns, the outcome of antigen testing pilots, and the purchase of C02 monitors to assist in ventilating classrooms.

Capacity limits on school transport services will also remain in place.

Government sources were adamant on Sunday that second-level education would resume in the autumn, despite concerns among public-health officials that the wave could grow following the reopening of indoor dining today, before peaking in September.

“Schools will reopen,” a senior Coalition source said.

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